You don’t have to wait long to figure out why Thailand has been labeled the “land of smiles”. From the moment you arrive in Thailand you can expect to be greeted with warm smiles from the locals. Thailand is a country located in Southeast Asia that has warm tropical weather year round, with the exception of a few months during the “rainy season”
During the past few weeks, while you may have been watching the world series or monitoring news of the latest celebrity divorce, chances are that you missed the fact that Thailand is currently facing a severe crisis. Over the past few months, an excessive amount of rain has fallen on the country. The extraordinary amounts of rain combined with alleged mismanagement of local dams have left parts of Bangkok and surrounding areas of the country submerged; some areas have been flooded with waist deep water for the past two weeks.
It’s hard to imagine any Thailander would be smiling while their country is in such danger, however when my nephew’s wife, Kanyarat, came over today I was greeted with a traditional Thai smile. You wouldn’t have known that most of her family (including her mother) are awaiting their fate from these ravaging flood waters.
Today I made a pie as a gesture of hope for the people of Thailand, and presented it to Kanyarat. I made sure to present it with a traditional Thai smile “Yin” and some words of encouragement “ให้ความศรัทธา” (keep the faith).